Former Redskins fullback Darrel Young made the most of his mincamp appearance with the Chicago Bears, and has now been signed by the team, a source told CSN-Mid Atlantic on Wednesday.
The Villanova graduate spent seven years with the Redskins after going undrafted in 2009. Young, initially signed as a linebacker, evolved into a bruising yet graceful fullback.
He appeared in 69 games for the Redskins, scoring seven rushing touchdowns and six receiving touchdowns, including a 62-yard touchdown against the Eagles in Week 11 of the 2013 season.
Young played a pivotal role in the Redskins' rushing success in 2012, which saw the team lead the league in rushing. He served as the lead-blocker for rookie Alfred Morris, who set the franchise's single-season rushing record with 1,613 yards.
Young was released in March of 2016, staying busy by joining CSN Mid-Atlantic as a production assistant.
"You never know the plan that is in store for you in life," Young said to CSN Mid-Atlantic.
"But in the end, we all have a purpose."
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Derrius Guice's 2019 season is over.
After suffering an MCL sprain to the same knee he tore the ACL in a year ago, the Redskins are placing the running back on injured reserve.
This will be Guice's third time landing on IR in just two NFL seasons. He landed on the list after tearing his ACL in August of 2018, costing him his entire rookie season. Guice was placed on IR earlier this season after he tore the meniscus in his other knee during the Redskins Week 1 loss to the Eagles, causing him to miss the Redskins next eight games.
The move this time is prioritizing Guice's health for the 2020 season and beyond. Theoretically, if the Redskins were to be in the playoff hunt, Guice could have recovered in time to play again this season. But with the Redskins 3-10 and eliminated from January football, the organization values Guice's health in the future more than playing in three relatively meaningless games this season.
Since returning from his meniscus injury, Guice seemed to be hitting his stride. In Week 13, Guice rushed for a career-high 129 yards and two touchdowns on just 10 carries. Before suffering the MCL sprain on Sunday, Guice was well on his way to another big day. He finished with 42 yards on five carries, including a 23-yard run.
The 2020 offseason will be the first time Guice has a full offseason healthy to workout and prepare for the coming year since entering the NFL. Although he's played in just five career games, Guice has shown plenty of flashes of how good he can be.
Staying healthy is the No. 1 priority for No. 29 moving forward, and the Redskins are doing their best to make that happen with this move.
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Cornerback Simeon Thomas' time in Washington is likely over.
Thomas has been suspended without pay four games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, the NFL announced on Tuesday. Since there are only three weeks remaining in the 2019 season, Thomas is not eligible to play until Week 2 of the 2020 season.
The Redskins signed Thomas before Week 2 after an injury to cornerback Greg Stroman. Thomas has played in all 12 games for the Redskins since in primarily a backup role.
Ironically, Thomas had the most action he's seen all season this past week. The second-year cornerback played 39 defensive snaps on Sunday in place of Quinton Dunbar, who was forced to exit early due to a hamstring injury. Fabian Moreau was also dealing with a hamstring injury as well.
Thomas was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2018 draft but waived during final roster cuts. He spent time in the Seahawks organization for parts of 2018 and 2019 but was never promoted to the active roster.
With Thomas suspended and injuries to Dunbar and maybe Moreau, there's a chance Josh Norman returns to the field. Norman was benched prior to the Redskins Week 12 win over Detroit due to his ineffectiveness.
Now, the Redskins may not have a choice but to play their highly-priced cornerback who will likely be released this offseason.
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